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Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar   

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With a 22-fret set mahogany neck, bound rosewood fretboard, and pearl dot inlays, the Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar dishes out satin-smooth ton...Click To Read More About This Product

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A classic shape served up with stunning finishes.

With a 22-fret set mahogany neck, bound rosewood fretboard, and pearl dot inlays, the Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar dishes out satin-smooth tone and sweet sustain. The double-cutaway, all-maple body is strong, resonant, and - with its fantastic finish options - very easy on the eyes. Chrome-finished hardware on the Ibanez AS73 ncludes ACH humbuckers, ART1 bridge, and tuners.

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FEATURES
  • HH PU configuration
  • Great finish options
  • Chrome hardware

You don't see many guitars this tasty in this price range. Order now and get yours.

SPECIFICATIONS

Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar

  • Artcore set mahogany neck
    Double-cutaway, all-maple body
    22 frets
    Bound rosewood fretboard
    ART1 bridge
    ACH1 humbucker (neck)
    ACH2 humbucker (bridge)
    Pearl dot inlay
    Chrome hardware
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IbanezArtcore AS73 Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 157 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good pick up (15)
  • Good feel (14)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Solid electronics (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (14)
  • Recording (13)
  • Jamming (12)
  • Small venues (11)
  • Rock concerts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Just an update

This is an update on this great guitar. Since 2008 when I purchased this guitar I have changed pickups to '57 Classic in the bridge and '57 Classic+ in the neck. This...Read complete review

This is an update on this great guitar. Since 2008 when I purchased this guitar I have changed pickups to '57 Classic in the bridge and '57 Classic+ in the neck. This change really brought this guitar alive. No other electronics were changed but the pickups make a huge difference. Best money I've spent in a long time. If you have the money go for a pickup change and breath new life into a great guitar.

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Miles from gibson quality

I think its sad that you just cant find a good hollowbody guitar for under 2grand. I play this guitar for my high school jazz choir, and it is always joked at because it...Read complete review

I think its sad that you just cant find a good hollowbody guitar for under 2grand. I play this guitar for my high school jazz choir, and it is always joked at because it wont hold tune worth a darn. I am planning on buying some grover tuners and a regular gibson stopbar to see if I can keep it in tune. Other than that, the guitar sounds great for jazz, swing, fusion, latin, blues, rock, etc.

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(12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A fine instrument

By Bennie the Bouncer

from USA

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Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

Almost perfect. So what's wrong? The AS73 comes with the action set too high, and clumsy, heavyweight strings. So the initial impression you get when you first play it is entirely wrong.

But put a reasonable set of strings on it, bring the action down to the point the precision neck is designed to allow, and now you have a guitar that is easily the equal, actually the superior if we're being totally honest, of instruments priced many times what the Artcore AS73 costs.

The problem, such as it is, can be remedied within minutes of taking the instrument out of the box, and at that point the AS73 is essentially perfect. The sad thing is that less experienced players won't know how to do this -- so they won't get the results the instrument is capable of. I knocked a point off for this.

The cherry finish is to die for, smooth, clear and strong; the sound is resonant and offers significant sustain; the output is high, able to drive classic tube amps and modern units alike into the danger zone; the tuners are stable and easy to use; the instrument itself is surprisingly light (there's that hollow body working for you) and the neck is both speedy and offers the wonderful consistency we've been seeing lately, ever since machines took over the difficult job of getting them straight.

I know there's a segment of the musical crowd that worships hand-made gear, but in the case of guitar necks, that exactly the wrong way to go. Play one of these and see what modern technology can do for you.

This is my third Ibanez; I presently own over seventy guitars and basses, not to mention those I've previously owned, and the Ibanez instruments are, hands-down, the best instruments in my collection. Keepers in every sense of the word, and built far above their apparent class. Highly, highly recommended.
Everything you actually need. I would be happy to purchase an upgraded instrument with locking tuners and fine-tuning at the bridge, however. Those without bending skills will miss a whammy bar. I don't -- that's the first thing I remove from a any guitar I own.
Perfect. It is difficult for me to imagine how an instrument of this quality can be sold at this price.
Extreme. Probably the best dollar-for-instrument ratio of any guitar I've ever owned.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

They Got It Right.

By Big Jim 57

from USA

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Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

First off, Gibson semi-hollows are way too expensive these days. I can't come up with a King's ransom for a real 335. Plus, Gibson 335's come from the Memphis factory now, and let's just say that they're not the same as the old ones. The Epiphone Dot was OK, I've owned a couple, but was still not too happy. I decided to try the Ibanez Artcore AS-73 and was pleasantly surprised. I now own three of them and am saving to get the 12-string version, too. I've been a very serious guitarist since I was a kid and I'm 55 now. I was a luthier for many years, too. Let me say that in all my experiences, I haven't run across a better value than the AS-73. It will do nearly any kind of music, and has a pretty hot bridge pickup that cranks the distortion pretty heavily. The neck is flat and wide for ease of bending the strings. It is so easy to play. Some people will gripe about anything, but I don't understand some of the reviewers with complaints on here. I've seen a lot of these and they are very consistent. You could do much worse than this guitar.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best deal for the $$$$$$

By Ol' Zeke

from Flatlands

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Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

My wife found my AS73 on line used and kept at me until I went to look at it. Already owning 5 other nice guitars ( 1 Taylor and 4 Fenders) I reluctantly went to look at this foreign knockoff of a ES335. I must admit it was love at first touch, brought it home put new strings on it and haven't put it down since. I play classic rock and contemporary praise and worship, and the sound this guitar provides is amazing. I always wanted a 335 but due to lack of funds never realized that dream until now. The action is low and fast and the big semi-hollow body sound is incredible. Don't take my word for it, go play one and decide for yourself, this guitar truly is the best deal out there for the money. Go ahead, buy it, play it, you'll love it. I've had mine for about a year and seriously thinking about another one just for backup. I know my Tele misses me.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ABSOLUTELY GREAT FOR THE PRICE

By Glenn

from Chillicothe, MO

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Pros

  • Early Rock-a-billy
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • Well made

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

    PERFECT FINISH, FRET WORK, BINDINGS, ELECTRONICS. FOR THE MONEY, THIS IBANEZ WINS HAND DOWN. ACH PUs WILL DELIVER YOUR SOUNDS, EQ YOUR AMP AND ADJUST YOU PU HEIGHT, THE SOUNDS ARE THERE. THANKS IBANEZ FOR GIVING US PLAYERS A NICE LOOKING AND WELL MADE SEMI HOLLOW. YOU WON'T BE SORRY OWNING ONE.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Just an update

    By The Straydog

    from Western Pa.

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

      This is an update on this great guitar. Since 2008 when I purchased this guitar I have changed pickups to '57 Classic in the bridge and '57 Classic+ in the neck. This change really brought this guitar alive. No other electronics were changed but the pickups make a huge difference. Best money I've spent in a long time. If you have the money go for a pickup change and breath new life into a great guitar.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      L.O.V.E.

      By deltatwins

      from Farmington, MI

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

        Traded in my blue Ibanez Gretsch copy for this Gibson copy in stunning red. Other than putting on different strings and maybe tweaking the action a tad, I've done nothing to it and do not want to do anything because it sounds FLIPPIN' FANTASTIC for all my purposes. I play blues, jazz, Americana, and rock, and this friend serves up the tone just the way I like. Whether direct to a tube amp or though a POD XT or Vox ToneLab, it shimmers and rocks and jangles and makes me smile.

        I'd much rather have five of these as backups than one single Gibson version.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Absolutely Wonderful Guitar

        By Marc Velez

        from New Jersey

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        Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

        This guitar served as my entry into jazz, and it's done incredbily well for that purpose. It provides the versatility to venture into other styles as I see fit, but also handles my focus wonderfully. If you're serious about what you do, you'll probably want to upgrade at some point -- I think every guitarist will want a new guitar one day. But even when I get my hands on a full hollowbody jazzbox, I'll be sure to keep this one around for years and years. It's just that nice to play.
        Two humbuckers, three way switch, two tone controls knobs, and two volume control knobs. That just screams a wide variety of tones without even taking amp into consideration.
        I haven't had the luxury of playing many expensive guitar models, but this guitar has never made me feel that I had to. Playing it's wonderful. Unplugged, it sounds fine and provides the ability to practice quietly. Plugged in, the features give you the ability to dial in any sound you want and you're assured it'll be pleasing. It's built well, no finish problems. Nearly a year later, I can't believe I only paid $400 guitar -- whatever Ibanez is doing with the Artcore guitars, they're doing something great. The AF series -- the full hollowbody line -- is comparable in quality.
        I think I hit this in the quality section, but I don't have any problems saying that this guitar is built with quality well beyond its price. Incredible value.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Ibanez kills it again.

        By Skip

        from Tahoe Vista, CA

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        Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

        Absolutely awesome guitar for the price. The details and finish are top notch. I was fortunate enough to get one used, Level 4 for around $150 the needed repair to the heel took me less than 20 minutes to do, but then Im not afraid to do those sort of things. If youre looking for a semi-hollow to tinker with this is a great place to start, especially if you can pick up a used or B stock unit. A few observations for anyone looking:

        The strings that came on mine ran from .054 to .009 a very heavy bottom and light top and they sounded way too boomy for me. Replaced with a standard light set .046-.010 for a much better balance from end to end.

        The stock pickups arent bad at all, but just for grins & giggles I threw in an old Dimarzio PAF and Dual Sound I had lying around (70s vintage stuff). Nice, but not quite the ticket for me, so I took the nickel covers off the stockers and threw them back in. Wow! Maybe its because the stockers are ceramic, but taking the covers off made a very noticeable difference. Lots more air and detail. Still not the best dynamic range or sensitivity, but definitely usable. Be forewarned if youre planning on doing this, the coil covers are stone white, which actually doesnt look all that bad with the black rings but doesnt match the cream bindings. I measured the DC impedance of the pups off the guitar: 8.4 neck and 15.6 bridge. Ill be shopping for some new units for this once Im sure what direction I want to go.

        Setup out of the box was pretty good I did tweak the action height and intonation after changing the strings, but it was entirely playable right off the bat. Frets were also a little rough along the edges, but not dangerously so.

        Bottom line for a first instrument itd be brilliant. As an alternate axe or to expand the quiver its just as brilliant. I dont much like buying from China, but buying MFs needs repair stuff has become one of my favorite pastimes. This one's a keeper, and well on it's way to becoming the one that sits by my desk as the doodle mule.
        Your basic 335 emulation - nothing to write home about.
        I've seen lesser quality instruments with high end price tags on them.
        Mind boggling. . .

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A really nice instrument for the money

        By Frank

        from California

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        Pros

        • Good Pick Up
        • Solid Electronics
        • Stays in tune

        Cons

        • So-so Factory Setup

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

          After 2 years of playing my AS73 for mostly jazz and blues, I have really developed an appreciation for how nice of an instrument it is. I own several solid-body guitars, but this is my only semi-hollow body. Although I have toyed with the thought of replacing the pickups, they really do sound nice with the proper amp settings. The neck feels great and the construction is solid with a really nice finish (I have it in sunburst). I noticed one reviewer who indicated that he is teased for it not staying in tune. I can say that short of practicing bends nonstop, mine stays solidly in tune for days at a time. I suspect cheap/worn strings may be the actual culprit rather than the guitar. Overall, it is an amazingly good value for the money and one I will be hanging on to for a long time.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Simply amazing

          By Strummer &co.

          from NYC

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          Comments about Ibanez Artcore AS73 Electric Guitar:

          I bought this guitar 5 years ago. It was meant to be used mostlly as an acoustic by my wife who decided she wanted to strum some like she did when she was younger. However she didn't like it, because she felt the body was too large and heavy and the sound wasn't "acoustic" enough. And she was right. It is rather large and heavy and it's certainly not meant to be played unpluged, cause it's no louder than my solid body guitars. So the guitar was left to me. And I just love it. The neck is nice and fast, but not too thin, the body feels very comfortable both sitting and standing, the tuners hold just fine, as good as any other good quality guitar's. The tone is also fine. I've played through various amps both clean and distorted and I've never had any tone issues. I must say though, that if I was playing more live gigs I would have experimented with higher quality pickups, but for playing alone and jamming with friends I really can't justify replacing them. The looks of this guitar though, must be it's selling point. It's just out of this world. Nobody could believe that this guitar costs that little. It's simply stunning. A friend had brought his Dot once by the studio and it looked like a cheap piece of formica complared to the AS. It didn't sound any better either. The only thing that I'm not crazy about when it comes to this guitar is the bolt on the headstock. It's cheezy and it cheapens it. But on the bright side the new models have a new symbol (it resembles the Gibson one a little too much, but what can you do!) So, bottom line, if you're in the market for an inexpensive semi-hollow guitar, really, look no further. The AS73 is the one you want. You'll simply love it!

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